New Trier ran out to an early lead scoring 3 goals on their first four possessions, before Loyola could answer effectively with their own score to make it 4-1. The team traded possessions and in the last 8 minutes of the first half, Loyola used a patient, ball control attack and found the back of the Trevian net 3 times to tie the game at 4-4 by halftime. New Trier answered with two quick goals in an 18 second span at the beginning of the second half, including one garbage style goal in which it appeared that the shooter had entered the crease to go ahead 6-4. Loyola scored in the third to end the quarter down 6-5 on a shot by Will Forsyth and the Ramblers choose to hold the ball at the end of the quarter rather than shoot even though there were two lanes to the goal that opened during their rotation. Consequently Loyola retained possession and began the last quarter in the Trevian zone rather than at the faceoff line. Dylan Brennan then tied the game at 6-6 with a 15 yard strike from the top left at at the 5:50 mark. Both teams were unable to get any good looks for the next 5 minutes but at 1:02, Mick Parks came around the back right and tossed a feed pass top dead center to Chris Sweitzer, who used a right handed overhand shot to find the net and make it 7-6 for New Trier. Loyola gained possession off the face off but twice was stripped of the ball by New Trier’s defense, which then forced an errant pass down the left side of the net.
This was to be the final championship before the IHSA adopted the sport for the 2011 season, but the recent economic downturn may have thrown that decision by the IHSA into doubt. The IHSA has agreed to sponsor a state title series in lacrosse if 65 schools sign the Emerging Sport Registration Form for boys lacrosse and 40 school sign it for girls lacrosse. The Chicago Public School system is grappling for ways to cut its nearly 900 million dollar deficit and the elimination of water polo and lacrosse has been mentioned as one proposed aspect of budget control. However, other school systems such as Districts 203 and 204 that include Naperville North, Central, Neuqua Valley, Waubonsie Vally, Metea Valley, Wheaton North and Wheaton Warrenville South have indicated that they will not consider sponsoring the sport while they are under teacher cuts. This leaves lacrosse proponents at least 7 schools shy of the IHSA mandated number of 65. However, the sport may still be played as it is today, as an emerging sport for next season.